Halloween is fast approaching, and it is a great opportunity to be creative with your lesson plans! Whether you teach in a classroom, or teach at home, thinking out of the box can make your math activities fun and whimsical.
I have designed some awesome Halloween math activities that’ll make math more fun and engaging for your students, especially if fall/October is their favorite months of the year.
Explosions of orange, purple, pumpkins and candy corns are always a hit with elementary students. Through my many years of teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, I’ve found it super simple to incorporate Halloween through clipart, little trinkets, and themes to math activities.
They are low-PREP and add a little Halloween fun to your classroom without being too disruptive. Many of the ideas can be used throughout October as homework, early finishers review work or math center activities!
- Virtual Halloween Bingo–Monster Mash Multiplication
- Fall Data and Graph Activities–Counting Candy
- Halloween Math Riddles–Arithmetic Fun Pack
- Halloween Coloring Activities–Color-Coded Math Facts
Virtual Halloween Bingo–Monster Mash Multiplication
They are engaging, boost critical thinking skills and encourage class participation. Even the shy students can’t fight the urge to join the fun!
I created a Halloween-themed bingo game that helps elementary students practice their multiplication facts. This game is virtual, so there is no need to print out any bingo cards.
There’s a Cute Bingo Caller Too!
There is also a virtual caller that calls the multiplication facts for the students to solve. For instance…if the caller pulls 9×4, the kids look for the answer 36 on their bingo card.
Once a student mark 5 answers diagonally, vertically and horizontally, they can say “BINGO!”.
As a bonus, Halloween images have been added to the rows and columns. This cute clipart creates opportunities to win prizes.
If a student claims “BINGO!” and they have a picture in the winning row, column or diagonal, the teacher can offer a prize for the win. Candy, keychain, gift cards can be used as prizes…the possibilities are endless!
Fall Data and Graphing–Counting Activities
In 2nd and 3rd grade, students learn how to analyze and interpret data sets by placing them in picture/bar graphs and charts.
I have a great resource that meshes with Halloween and fall themes. My Fall Data and Graphing Activity Pack is perfect for reinforcing data analysis skills.
In this packet, students will use graphs and charts to answer questions about data sets. Each activity was curated with fall themes for colorful and creative interaction!
The activities in this resource include:
- bar graphs
- pie graphs
- tally charts
- frequency charts
At the end of the packet, there is a group activity that involves Halloween candy. I have no doubt this will be a hit with your classroom!
Break up the students into groups, and provide each group with a bag full of candy varieties. The kids’ jobs are to record the quantities of these candies and to fill in a frequency table with the candy type, their tally marks and the frequency number.
Halloween Math Riddles
Make math FUN with Halloween-themed riddles and jokes!! This Halloween Riddle Math packet was designed for 4th grade but can also be used as remediation or enrichment for 3rd grade classrooms as well.
These math riddles will fit perfectly with your COMMON CORE standards! There are a total of 10 riddles in this pack. Answer keys are also included!!
Students are presented with a joke/riddle and must solve the arithmetic problems in order to learn the answers. For example:
Q: What building does Dracula visit in New York?
A: The Vampire State Building
The following skills are covered in this packet:
- 2 by 2 and 3 by 2 multiplication
- 3 by 2 and 2 by 2 subtraction
- 2 by 1 and 3 by 1 multiplication
- 4 by 4 and 4 by 3 addition
- 3 by 1 and 2 by 1 division
- decimal addition, subtraction and multiplication
These sheets are great for practicing math skills and demonstrating mastery. Your students are sure to love them!!
Everybody loves coloring books! You’re going to LOVE this activity.
Your students will practice number matching, addition, subtraction, multiplication or division with these 5 fun and engaging differentiated color-by-code worksheets for Halloween. This activity is perfect for distance learning, morning work, math centers, early finishers, substitutes, and homework.
This fun, authentic coloring packet includes 5 fabulously spooky pictures: Headless Horseman, Dracula, Owl by Moonlight, Halloween Cupcake, Happy Spider, Silly Bat.
Students will practice multi-digit multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. There are some decimal addition and subtraction problems also!
- 2×1 and 2×2 Multiplication
- 1×1 and 2×1 Division
- 2×1 and 3×1 Division
- Decimal Multiplication
- Decimal Additional and Subtraction
Put a creative spin on your students’ math lessons. They will love this halloween-themed activity!
You Gotta Try One!
I’ve shared a variety of Halloween tricks and treats. Hopefully you’ve found something that can add a some fun and whimsical creativity to your math classroom.
You don’t have to be an overachiever and use them all, but your students will definitely appreciate your efforts to bring a bit of seasonal fun into the classroom.
Can’t wait to hear about what you try out in your classroom! Please drop me a note in the comments and follow me at my Teacher Pay Teacher’s Store!
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There are several ways to include Halloween themes in math activities.
1) You can turn a normal quiz into a group quiz where teams compete to get the most correct answers. The team that wins can be rewarded with Halloween candy and grab bags.
2) Add Halloween themes to your math center activities. You can even decorate the stations with cute pumpkins, spiders and other creepy characters
3) Dress the part! Dress up as your favorite mathematician! You can become Einstein, Pythagoras…the possibilities are endless. Educate your students on a mathematician that they are not familiar with!
There are several types of game ideas available. It is simple to add a Halloween theme to them:
1) Matching games–matching addition problems with their appropriate sums are an example
2) Mystery games–“Guess the number” or “escape rooms” are great examples that can be used with a Halloween theme
3) Money counting makes a great resource management game. Add a Halloween theme like visiting a haunting house and buying treats.
4) Different game formats like board games, card games and video games are available with Halloween themes.
Bingo is a great game to play for multiplication review. Virtual bingo brings an extra layer of interactive fun to your classroom.